flipped cars in north carolina. >> when the levee broke, there was trash, there was limbs, even saw a tire was floating by. >> reporter: in parts of maryland, two to six inches of rain fell, making it a morning full of rescues. and then there was that wind. wind gusted over 70 miles per hour in connecticut, taking down power lines and trees. diane, i wanted to go back to that image inside the detroit whiteout today. now, if this happens, the recommendation is to gradually slow down, turn on your flashers and if you can get off the highway, do so. diane? >> again, you have to act fast. thank you so much, ginger zee reporting in tonight. and now, in washington today, one man entered the arena. chuck hagel, the purple heart recipient from the vietnam war, the former senator, nominated to be secretary of defense. his former colleagues met him with a fuselage of critical questions today, and abc's chief washington correspondent jonathan karl takes us about the fiery day.